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Photos and press release courtesy of Wyoming High School Forensics Association.
Hoard Recognized for Coaching Success
Mary Hoard, speech and debate coach at Natrona County High School, was inducted into the Wyoming High School Forensics Association’s Coaching Hall of Fame at their Fall meeting this month. The WHSFA is a statewide association that encourages and advances speech in all its phases in Wyoming schools.
In announcing the award, Matt Prevedel, last year’s honoree, notes, “Mary’s success and skills as a coach are without peer, as reflected by the vote of our membership with respect to this award. I have known Mary many years and this award is long overdue. She is a particularly kind person who always place her students first. This is very evident at meets, where Mary is thoroughly engaged with her students and students from other teams. She encourages them, comforts them and offers to them a frame where each one can set intrinsic, personal goals. Her students obviously respect Mary and the gifts she brings to the NC Speech Team.
Among her peers, Mary is a bridge builder. Prevedel continues, “I am always aware of her stance on issues and she also makes certain to respect divergent points of view, building consensus among our coaching community.”
Mary’s focus on high school speech, however, transcends tournament success. She has created a team environment that makes it possible for Natrona County students to participate, regardless of their innate or potential talents.
Prevedel concludes by saying, “Students across Wyoming, and beyond, have benefited from Mary’s dedication to education in general, and speech in particular.”